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Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000
Author: dadx2mj
Manufacturer: Microsoft
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Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000
May 25, 2006

The Basics:

I may sound like a broken record to regular readers of, but I think it deserves repeating. No one ships as fast as! I have reviewed several items from them, and purchased a few items as a normal customer as well, and with every order they have shipped the same day the order was placed.

Our Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 retail box came well packed in a shipping box full of plastic air pillows to keep it all safe. The retail box was the same type box Microsoft has used for some years for their keyboards. There is a thin outer box with all the retail pictures on it and a heavy inner box that protects the contents of the package.

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The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 combo comes with the following:

Wireless Desktop Keyboard
Wireless Laser Mouse
27 MHz Receiver
USB to PS/2 adapter
Four (4) "AA" batteries
Software CD


Connecting the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 is a pretty simple matter. First I installed the AA batteries in both the keyboard and the mouse; each component takes two AA batteries which are included.

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The receiver has one cable that splits into a "Y" with two PS2 connectors on the ends. There is an included USB adaptor for the mouse and Microsoft recommends using it to connect the mouse to a USB port rather than the PS2 port. Because I was running out of USB ports I connected the mouse lead to the PS2 port anyway.

As soon as the batteries were installed and the receiver was plugged in, the mouse worked. It was a little bit sluggish but usable, while the keyboard did not work right off the bat. After reading the users manual to no avail, pushing the reset button on the bottom of the keyboard, and pushing the button on the receiver several times with no joy, I finally stumbled on the instruction on the bottom of the keyboard. It turns out that the reset button on the keyboard and the button on the receiver had to be pressed simultaneously to synchronize them. Once this was done, both the keyboard and mouse were working.

Next I loaded the drivers to take advantage of all the features the keyboard and mouse offered. This only took a few mouse clicks to identify which model keyboard and mouse had been installed, a reboot, and a bit of programming to set the different buttons to the desired commands (more on that later in the review).

Other than me missing the instructions to press the buttons at same time, set up was straight forward and very simple.

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